Ralston is a super snuggly supermodel who needs no cream for his glamorous Shar-Pei wrinkles. On November 17th, his handsome appearance caught the attention of the right people who scooped him off the street as a stray and took him to the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. This two-year-old good boy comes from humble beginnings and was hoping to brighten the life of his very own family. But Ralston faced a major obstacle: he was heartworm positive.

On December 6th, Mary Lou Seymour with Shelter Animals Advocates (SAA) and its Heart Beat Goes On program in South Carolina got Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut to agree to take Ralston, but his heartworm treatment would need to be covered. Mary Lou contacted RADAR for our assistance, and we agreed to fund his treatment, which took place on December 12th and 13th.

When asked about Ralston’s breed mixes, Mary Lou said, “Can we just call him an adorable tan and brown Heinz Southern 57?” December Clark, also with SAA, described him as being “happy, friendly and loving, and a super nice boy!” He is housebroken and really wants someone to snuggle with on a rainy afternoon. Who doesn’t want such a charming boy to be their best friend? To see more photos of Ralston, click here.

RADAR paid all $340 of the heartworm treatment costs for Ralston.

UPDATE: (1/14/2019) Sad news to report about Ralston… he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. December Clark shared this with us, “We are sad to say Ralston passed away from what we believe was an embolism. He had a small cough which we knew was from heartworm. He was a super exuberant boy. Loved cuddles just nice boy. He was let out to potty by my help and she witnessed him walk out and tip over. She picked him up and carried him back inside as she laid him down she called me. I was asking her questions, and as I was questioning, Ralston took his last breath before her eyes. She was crying pretty awful. This part never gets easy for me. No matter how many you pull through it hurts to lose even one. Thank you as always for helping us as we muck through this thing called rescue.” Rest in Peace, Ralston.

UPDATE: All funds for Ralston have been raised. Thank you very much.

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Ralston:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Rebecca Kuga; Brian Mertz; MoJo (aka Maurice)

Added on January 6, 2019.

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